Kitchen Design Trend Report: Are You Ready For the New Stainless Steel?

Kitchen Design Trend Report: Are You Ready For the New Stainless Steel?

Arlyn Hernandez
Aug 8, 2016
(Image credit: Whirlpool)

Oh stainless steel. As of a few years ago, nothing said "I've arrived" louder than having SS appliances (and granite) in your kitchen, particularly as a renter. You'd eagerly report to friends about your new place that "it has stainless steel appliances!" with a high-pitch voice of excitement and pride, and you'd receive a cacophony of "oohhs" and "ahhhs" in return. But, the years go on, trends come and go, and I'm starting to wonder, what's next? What's the next stainless?

I did some digging across big-box retailers, niche companies and high-end dealers, and found a few viable options. Do they have the staying power to dethrone stainless as the king of kitchen appliances? That is not something I'm prepared to answer, however, I am prepared to make this sweeping generalization for design-minded dwellers: We're ready for what's next.

(Image credit: Miele)

Black, white and everything in between.

Luxury appliance company Miele debuted its earthy Truffle Brown color a few years ago, but I think it's a great contender for those with a bigger budget who are looking for a seamless transition between wood cabinetry and appliances.

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Samsung isn't the only one offering a range of "black" stainless steel appliances like the collection shown above. KitchenAid, LG, Whirlpool, Maytag...many of the big-box brands also have this new finish in their lineups. It's an interesting concept as it doesn't stand out amongst dark cabinetry as obviously as traditional stainless, but is much more modern than the black appliances of yesteryear. What do you think?

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I like this matte (or maybe it's brushed?) black Kenmore refrigerator with a sleek facade. Whether matte or satiny, I think its safe to say black appliances are making a serious comeback.

(Image credit: Whirlpool)

We reported on Whirlpool's "White Ice" collection back in 2012, and though it hasn't seemed to completely go gangbusters, white kitchen cabinetry has. If you like a cohesive look, this modern take on the standard white appliance is one to consider.